Walking the Canadian Maritimes

This dedicated walking tour of New England and the Canadian Maritimes is a trip to remember. Rugged, unspoilt and off the tourist trail, Nova Scotia and Canada's Maritime Provinces reveal their unique charm, rich history and secrets to the intrepid traveller. Stunning natural beauty serves as a backdrop to coastal communities defined by their strong cultural identities. From hiking a portion of the famed Appalachian Trail, to an included whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Northeast coast promises a unique adventure with something to entice all interests. Get off the main thoroughfare and discover the highlights!

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: PAM/208624
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Halifax, Canada
  • Finishes: Halifax, Canada
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Halifax
  • Peggy's Cove
  • Lunenburg
  • Digby
  • Acadia National Park
  • Baxter State Park
  • Fundy National Park
  • Hopewell Rocks
  • Prince Edward Island



Day 1: Halifax

Welcome to Halifax and the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, well-known for its maritime history. With its large natural harbour, Halifax has historically been one of the busiest ports on the eastern seaboard. You are free to arrive at any time today ahead of the welcome meeting at 6pm, where you’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travelling companions.Should you arrive early, why not visit some of the many parks, museums, landmarks, art galleries and waterfront cafes of Halifax. The Maritime Museum in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) tells the story of the city's seafaring origins whilst the fortress on Citadel Hill with its iconic Town Clock overlooks the modern glass towers of the city, providing that link between the past and the present.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Museums US$9-$20


Day 2: Peggy's Cove - Lunenburg - Digby

This morning, you drive to the iconic area of Peggy's Cove to see the lighthouse which is always a prominent feature of the area and makes for some excellent holiday pictures. For a different perspective of this iconic sight, your guide will lead you on the Polly’s Cove Trail. Next you travel to the World Heritage listed historic town of Lunenburg. A walk down the streets of Lunenburg is sure to remind you of a journey back to a bygone era with its unique architecture exemplified in the colourful wooden structures that date back to colonial times, reflecting the town’s position as a seaport and a centre for shipbuilding. You then overnight in Digby, Nova Scotia. Trail name: Polly’s Cove TrailDistance: 1.5 kms Elevation gain: 35 meters Duration: 30 minutes Altitude: 50 meters 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 3-5: Acadia National Park

Your destination is Acadia National Park - the only national park in New England. Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, this reserve was originally named Lafayette National Park in 1919 and took on its present name in 1929. It's a perfect place to enjoy hiking and mountain biking. On day four, you’ll wander along the Ocean Path to see the jagged pink granite formations long the parks beautiful coastline. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Trail name: Ocean Path TrailDistance: up to 4.2 miles (7kms) Elevation gain: low Altitude: 150 meters There are some hikes that are a must. When deciding between the myriad of trails in Acadia National Park, it would be hard not to include Cadillac Ridge. Cadillac is the highest point on Mount Desert Island, and without a doubt offers wonderful views in every direction, as well as offering wildflower displays. The trail features numerous scenic viewpoints over Frenchman Bay and interesting pine displays. The lower tree line on Cadillac means that a decent portion of the final ascent is open rock face. Trail name: Cadillac North Ridge TrailDistance: 4.4 miles (6.5 kms) Elevation gain: 380 meters Duration: 3 hours Altitude: 460 meters 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Sea kayaking US$48-$58
  • Fishing Trip US$55


Day 6-7: Baxter State Park

You have two nights in Baxter State Park; the largest and most remote natural preserve in Eastern USA. It was named after its donor and former Maine governor, Percival P. Baxter, and covers an area of 809 square km. At its heart lies Mount Katahdin, which has many peaks; at 5,267ft Baxter Peak is the highest point in Maine. There are many optional activities you can enjoy in this rare and wonderful wilderness including hiking, canoeing and scenic flights.On arrival, you will enjoy a nature hike along the Little and Big Niagara Falls trail and you’ll be treated to not one, but two waterfalls on this hike. The water gushing over the rocky ledges of Big Niagara Falls is sure to be awe-inspiring. After beginning, you cross over a footbridge before winding your way south between rocks and over roots, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail. Continue onwards until you are standing in front of a magnificent stream, set against a mountainous backdrop. Trail name: Little and Big Niagara Falls trailDistance: 2.4 miles (3.5 kms) Elevation gain: 60 meters Duration: 2 hours Altitude: 390 meters On day seven, you hike another section of the famed Appalachian Trail on the Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. This brings you right to the base of Mount Katahdin, where the waters of Katahdin Stream thunder beneath the northernmost bridge on the Appalachian Trail. Trail name: Katahdin Stream Falls trailDistance: 2.5 miles (3.2 kms) Elevation gain: 180 meters Duration: 2 hours Altitude: 510 meters 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Float plane flight US$90-$125


Day 8: Fundy National Park

Cross the border into Canada and stop at coastal Fundy National Park in the province of New Brunswick. The Bay of Fundy is known to have the highest range in tide levels of anywhere in the world with an average variance of 47.5ft and an extreme variance of an amazing 53.3ft.The main features of this park include the seaside habitats and the highland Acadian forests, which you have time to explore, as well as the beautiful waterfalls. In the afternoon, your guide leads you on the Coppermine Trail which delivers you to an old copper mine site. Beginning at the car park, your hike meanders through a field and then through predominantly spruce woodland, climbing uphill and further into the woods. You’ll traverse over several streams on wooden bridges until finding the remnants of the old copper mine along with interpretative signs. This trail offers great views across the bay. Trail name: Coppermine TrailDistance: 3.1 miles (4.4 kms) Elevation gain: 120 meters Duration: 2 hours Altitude: 180 meters 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 9-10: Hopewell Rocks - Prince Edward Island

This morning, you visit the beautiful Hopewell Rocks where these incredible rock formations make for some amazing photographs. It may be possible to walk (1.5 kms) to Demoiselle Beach, a picturesque and quiet sandy cove. Your next stop is Prince Edward Island; the smallest of all the Canadian provinces with a total population of 141,000. Often referred to as 'PEI', the province actually consists of one major island called Prince Edward Island, as well as a collection of smaller islands. It's also referred to as the 'Birthplace of Confederation', as the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 was one of a few events that established the framework which led the British colonies to confederation in 1867.Prince Edward Island was the childhood home of author Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose best-selling novel, 'Anne of Green Gables' (published in 1908), was set here. It's possible to join a tour of Green Gables House, as well as stroll around on the Balsom Woods and Haunted Hollows trails that feature in the book.On day 10, you explore some of Prince Edward Island National Park on foot, following its beautiful sandy beaches and landmarks, starting from the Dalvay-by-the-sea historical mansion. Experience the sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes, forest and more. The distance is variable but will be approximately 6.2 miles (10 kms) with a low elevation and suitable for most. Trail name: Cape Rocks TrailDistance: 1.24 miles (2 kms) Elevation gain: +50 meters Duration: 40 minutes Altitude: 50 meters 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Rent bikes US$15 per hour
  • Green Gables tour US$8


Day 11-12: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

From Prince Edward Island, it’s a short ferry ride to Caribou Provincial Park, before driving towards the impressive headlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the province of Nova Scotia - Canada's second smallest province. Sheer cliffs rising from the sea at the base of the coastal range help to form the spectacular coastline.During your time on PEI, you’ll hike beside the many forested lakes and to the top of the various rugged peaks for outstanding views or take to the sea for some fantastic kayaking along the remote and beautiful coastline. Consisting of Acadian and boreal forests, this park is home to various species of wildlife such as Black Bear, coyote and moose. If you're lucky you may see Bald Eagles circling overhead or perched high up in the trees.On day 12, you have a brief reprieve from walking as we have included a whale watching activity. This unique experience provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of northern Cape Breton and marine life near the coastlines. By using smaller Zodiacs, this allow us to blast along the rugged shores in search of whales, dolphins, seals, leatherback turtles, puffins and eagles.In the afternoon, it’s back to the wild coastline again to hit the trails. This coastal and scenic trail hugs the ocean, briefly joining the Jack Pine Trail, then continues along granite headlands, coastal meadows and cobblestone beaches. Trail name: Coastal TrailDistance: 6.8 miles (11 kms) Elevation gain: 30 meters Duration: 3.5 hours Altitude: Sea level 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 13: Halifax

Today you enjoy a leisurely pace before making your way back towards Halifax where your tour end at the hotel upon arrival. Your guide will stop at points of intertest along the way.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs. 

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • All transportation by private vehicle, ferry and Zodiac
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel: 12
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Tour Highlights:
  • Whale watching activity in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Dedicated and guided hikes on most days
  • Iconic views of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
  • Visit to Hopewell Rocks
  • Two nights on Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Two scenic ferry journeys
  • Two nights in Baxter State Park
  • Visit to Fundy National Park
  • Discover Acadian maritime culture with two nights in Acadia National Park
  • Enjoy dramatic coastal views and historic fishing villages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg